THE URBAN FIX: Cities in the War against Climate Change, Heat Islands and Overpopulation.

Doug Kelbaugh FAIA FCNU Topaz Laureate
Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and Dean Emeritus
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
The University of Michigan


Johnson Rooms, Lurie Engineering Bldg, Univ of Michigan, North Campus.
Noon, November 29, 2018

The talk, the title of my latest book, explains and connects several dots: the first is climate change itself, with special focus on the negative role that the sprawling built environment plays in this global phenomenon. The second dot is the urban heat island, a lesser known local phenomenon, which is heating up most cities twice as fast as their surrounding countryside or the planet as a whole. Taken together, many cities suffer extreme heat. Dot 3 is fast, unsustainable population growth in developing countries, as well as excessive consumption and carbon footprints per capita in developed countries. The last dot is the city itself, which offers very effective social, cultural and physical ways to address the challenges represented by the first three dots.

Douglas S. Kelbaugh FAIA is Professor and former dean at the U. of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He received his BA degree Magna Cum Laude and Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University. His 1975 passive solar house in Princeton was the first to utilize a Trombe Wall, and one of his many pioneering and award-winning passive solar buildings designed by his firm Kelbaugh and Lee. A decade later, his practice moved to Seattle, where he was Architecture Chair at the U. of Washington. He partnered with Peter Calthorpe, another co-founder of both the passive solar and New Urbanism movements.

The video of the meeting is below

Viewgraphs are here.

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